In a time when the casino industry is rapidly expanding around the world, electronic table games are widening the base of potential players, allowing for a new player segment that casinos should be able to count on for decades. For many younger gaming patrons, casinos featuring electronic table games scattered across the floor is all they know.
These factors can be seen in Las Vegas at the Quad, where Caesars Entertainment has exclusively used Interblock products to create the TAG lounge (TAG- Total Automated Gaming). The target market for this redevelopment of the old Imperial Palace and the “Link” between the Quad and Harrah’s Casino is definitely a 21-to-35 demographic.
In the TAG lounge players can enjoy automated Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, Blackjack and the latest technological innovation from Interblock, Holographic Multi-hand Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. In this environment even the lounge tables are giant smartphone-like devices that customers can use to surf the net or choose to sit at the bar high-top tables and dispense their own choice of beer through a swipe of their credit card.
Technology offers the players new choices to enhance the play of traditionally popular games such as Roulette. “Interblock’s “Touch-Down Roulette” side bet is an exciting way to allow for more action for the player and more return for the operator” says Cone. “Multi-game technology is a tremendous advantage to the Interblock products allowing for greater return and flexibility for casinos.”
Electronic table games offer the player all the popular games with the exciting features and bonuses they want while the house gets more productivity, security and accountability that is available 24 hours, seven days a week.
For more information, visit www.interblock-usa.com and www.betrite.ca.
TCSJOHNHUXLEY is one of the industry’s most recognizable brands, with a strong heritage on which the world-renowned Chipper Champ, precision engineered Roulette Wheels and customized tables formed the foundation of the company. Over the years the company has grown and so too has the product portfolio to offer casino operators a complete turnkey solution.
For the past two years however, TCSJOHNHUXLEY has been undergoing significant change. Under the leadership of Cath Burns, the company has been focusing resources into researching and developing its own products and investing in infrastructure and people to create teams to power innovation.
Through introducing enabling technology to traditional table products it is possible to provide the same levels of real-time data collection that operators currently enjoy from their slot systems. However, in order for all these products to interface and communicate with each other there has to be an open architecture to enable operators to connect each device on the table, not only from TCSJOHNHUXLEY but multiple vendors to existing systems technology. With the introduction of Gaming Floor Live this is now possible for the first time.
Gaming Floor Live is a complete network platform and gaming table management system. The concept is simple: a wide range of data gathered from each table is analyzed in real-time to allow active and pro-active management of gaming floors. While the basic concept is simple, the technology required to achieve it is complex and subtle.
Gaming Floor Live is built using an HTML5 front-end, designed to work on all platforms and devices. At the heart of the system is the TIB – the Table Interface Board; like its counterpart in slot machines, the SMIB, it serves as a hub drawing information from every part of the table and converting it into a single data stream that feeds the casino management system that the operator uses. For example, it collects a message from the shoe that describes the card that was dealt and the speed of the deal.
So rather than making it more difficult for the operator it simply collects the data and allows the operator to interpret it how they need to. By being open the operator’s existing investment in their table technology and their back end systems is protected.
The Gaming Floor Live Baccarat module, already installed in Macau on over 800+ tables, will be launched officially at G2E 2014 and will be a major driver in the installation of GFL worldwide.
At the baccarat tables in Macau, a standard dealer interface screen combines with the Angel Eye smart shoe and a technology-enabled Baccarat display to give a complete overview of and insight into every game when linked into Gaming Floor Live.
The rich data stream can be used to measure dealer performance in detail. Helping managers set benchmarks that will increase the number of hands per hour and table productivity, as well as highlighting areas where dealer performance may need to be enhanced and training introduced, if necessary.
Gaming Floor Live can help pit bosses allocate staff to the tables where their skills are optimal, allow managers to open and close tables, raise or lower bet limits or initiate promotions all from a single dashboard – wherever they are – based on the vast amounts of data coming in and being analyzed in real time.
In operations large and small, increased hands per hour means increased revenues. But the optimization of the table gaming operation also means enhanced efficiency, reducing the costs of revenue generation. By having visibility of enough data and knowledge to refine and optimize processes even a tiny amount, operators are able to save and make more money. Even a slight optimization on table revenues, adds up to a significant and positive change to profitability.
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Bally Technologies has unveiled the latest developments for its table game segment, which joined its product portfolio after the company acquired SHFL entertainment in November 2013.
The proprietary table game Free Bet Blackjack is now being played throughout the United States and England, making it a staple in the industry and a great addition to the company’s market-leading table games. Free Bet Blackjack adds a new twist to a classic favourite, making it an exciting choice for blackjack players new and old! Free Bet Blackjack begins like a regular game of blackjack, but offers players the ability to double down and split for free. Players may split any pairs, except 10-value cards, with free re-splitting. Free double down bets may be placed on any hard total of nine, 10, or 11 and are allowed even after splitting. This game is offered with a Push 22 side bet, which wins when the dealer draws to a total of 22.
Bally also has been going all in with its impressive Fusion products. Among the company’s latest electronic gaming solutions are Fusion Hybrid, TableMaster Fusion, and Fusion Virtual Multigame. The cutting-edge Fusion Hybrid features a live dealer and user-friendly, 22-inch widescreen electronic betting terminals. For a dynamic gaming experience, players may switch between and concurrently play baccarat, roulette, and sic bo from the same terminal with the convenient touch of a button.
TableMaster Fusion brings the excitement of a live table game to a fully electronic platform. TableMaster Fusion features a high-definition, 72-inch LCD display with attractive virtual dealers, 22-inch widescreen player terminals with touchscreen betting, enhanced graphics, and multiple side bets. The updated design creates an easy, fun, and exciting way to popular games like blackjack and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
The fully electronic Fusion Virtual Multigame allows players to switch between roulette, sic bo, and baccarat from the same terminal, increasing play with four different game options in one seat.
Bally’s Utilities segment recently unveiled several new cutting-edge solutions designed to increase table game performance. Shuffle Flex is a groundbreaking “pay-by-the-shuffle” concept targeting part-time tables, providing all the advantages of an automatic shuffler without the big price tag or risk! Safe Bacc is a revolutionary new product that combines a shuffler and card reading shoe into one device to increase game speed and improve security right at the baccarat table.
For more information, visit www.ballytech.com.
Gaming Partners International
Gaming Partners International has developed a variety of new and innovative currency products and security features to meet the needs of their customers worldwide. Each new product is a result of GPI’s commitment to continued research and development to provide customers more currency options and new means to better safeguard their money.
The company’s American-style, injection molded V-Series is a brand new addition to their B&G chip line. It is produced using a new chip material formula that is stronger and more durable. The V-Series is designed to offer customers an extensive range of configuration possibilities with their chip mold designs. GPI has also included in the chip material, ChipShield, an anti-microbial that helps inhibit the growth of stain-causing mildew. The result is a cleaner and more sanitary chip surface. For customers who order chips with four or more injection colors, they also include a GPI exclusive infra-red security feature in their chips at no additional cost.
GPI has expanded their plaque offerings with two new standard plaque designs, the Dragon’s Eye and Ribbon. The Ribbon design is available in both a wide and narrow option. Both can be customized using several of their new material and color options including their new Chameleon lunettes. Chameleon is a new plaque material that can be used in plaque and jeton lunettes. With four color options available, Chameleon shifts color when the currency is rotated. Not only does this add a stunning visual effect to currency, it can also serve as a quick validation feature at the table.
GPI has also added two new currency security features to its B&G chip line. The first, 3-in-1 UV, is a security taggant that remains invisible under standard UV wavelengths. Because it can be added to plastic injection-molded chip materials, it is easy to validate chips when placed in stacks or racks. It also offers three levels of authentication, including a forensic verification using Scanning Electron Microscopy.
GPI’s second currency security innovation added to the chip’s decal, SecuriFilm, creates a semi-transparent hologram-like effect that enables quick authentication at the table and includes an additional covert security feature enabling a higher level of validation.
For more information visit www.gpigaming.com.